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Babcock International Group, the sole importer and distributor of DAF Trucks in southern Africa, has completed an entrepreneurial deal with a relatively new entrant into the South African road freight market for 10 long-distance haulage trucks.

Babcocks ten year truck dealThe brand new DAF XF105.460 units were delivered to Maxillaria Logistics’ Alberton premises in May, and were immediately put onto a long-haul contract between Durban harbour and the Zambian Copperbelt.

Bernard Lunga, MD of Maxillaria, has been hands-on in the transport business since 2007, having earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Australia and completed a three-year management development programme with Cross Country Containers.

“Being new to the South African market, it was difficult to secure credit lines, despite our track record as an established operator in other SADC countries. Our Zimbabwe operation had grown to 150 trucks by 2014,” says Lunga. “So when we launched here in South Africa last year, we bought 15 second-hand trucks for cash and have quickly built our business on the strength of our extensive network of customers.”

“Meeting a company such as Babcock, with its entrepreneurial approach and great product line-up, was a breakthrough for us – and we look forward to working with them closely as we grow our business further,” says Lunga.

According to Mark Gavin, Babcock Sales Director (Transport Solutions), the meetings with Maxillaria convinced them that this is a company with a strong customer foundation, sound management experience and great potential for growth.

“We were impressed with the track record and the progress of this young company” says Gavin. “We were able to offer them a finance structure that suited their business model. Through our own dedicated finance company, Babcock Financial Services – as well as our own experience in the transport industry – we were able to make an assessment and offer them a package.”

As part of the financing deal, the 10 DAF trucks will also be covered by a repair and maintenance contract to ensure smooth operation and peace of mind. The 10 DAF units take Maxillaria’s truck fleet to 25.

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